ADf, DLC-RTL. The Illinois State Journal editorialized numerous times during the weeks prior to the election concerning the discovery of ``redeemed coupons and canal scrip, in large quantities, funded fraudulently'' (Journal, September 20, 1860). Although in July, 1859, a grand jury had failed to find a true bill against ex-Governor Joel A. Matteson in connection with the purported fraud, the discovery of further irregularities in September, 1860, was made a political issue by the Republican press. Perhaps the present manuscript was intended as an article for the Journal or another Republican organ. If so the editors have not been able to locate it in print. Quite likely Lincoln thought better of using it at all and merely filed it away. The date [Oct. 1854?] assigned to the document in the Lincoln Papers cannot be supported.
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